Premier Badminton League

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Premier Badminton League
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Current sports event 2016 Premier Badminton League
Premier Badminton League (PBL) - Logo.png
Sport Badminton
Founded 2013 as Indian Badminton League
Inaugural season 2013
Administrator Badminton Association of India
No. of teams 6
Country India
Tournament format Double round-robin and knock-out
Official website pbl-india.com

Premier Badminton League is a franchise league, managed and commercially owned by the Badminton Association of India. It was named Indian Badminton League (IBL) when founded in 2013 then later rechristened to Premier Badminton League before the start of 2nd season in 2016. The inaugural edition of the Indian Badminton League was held in India from 14 August 2013 to 31 August 2013.[1]Hyderabad Hotshots won the inaugural IBL title at Mumbai on 31 August 2013.[2] The second season of the league 2016 Premier Badminton League was held from 2 to 17 January 2016. Delhi Acers defeated Mumbai Rockets in the final to clinch the title.

IBL 2013 auctions[edit]

The first season auctions were scheduled on 30 June 2013 which were postponed to 19 July 2013 and again postponed to 22 July 2013.[3] The 2013 auctions were held in Delhi[4] and were conducted by International Auctioneer Bob Hayton. The highest paid players were the Malaysian Lee Chong Wei, sold for $135,000 to Mumbai Masters and Indian Saina Nehwal who went to Hyderabad Hotshots for $120,000. The auction itself was not short of controversy. The base price of Indian marquee players, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa were halved from USD 50,000 to USD 25,000, without the players' notice.

[5] Chinese players did not take part in the 2013 tournament.[6]

Seasons[edit]

First Season[edit]

Indian badminton league started in 2013. The first season was scheduled from 14 August 2013 to 31 August 2013. Hyderabad Hotshots beat Awadhe Warriors in the final by three games to one at Mumbai's Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium. In round robin 15 matches were scheduled across six Indian cities, viz. Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. Cities of Delhi, Lucknow, and Pune were host for three matches each while Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad were host for two matches each in the group stage. First semi-final was played at Hyderabad's Gachibowli Indoor Stadium while the second was played at Bangalore's Kanteerava Indoor Stadium. The final was scheduled at Mumbai at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium

Second Season[edit]

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Roster[edit]

2013 Players List[edit]

Hyderabad Hotshots (Champions Of IBL 2013)
Country Player Salary
 India Saina Nehwal $120,000
 Indonesia Taufik Hidayat $15,000
 India Ajay Jayaram $25,000
 Malaysia Goh V Shem $10,000
 India Tarun Kona $28,000
 India Pradnya Gadre $46,000
 Malaysia Lim Khim Wah $10,000
 Thailand Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk $15,000
 India Kanthi Visalakshi P $3,000
 India Shubhankar Dey $3,000
 India Rahul C Yadav $1,000
Banga Beats
Country Player Salary
 India P. Kashyap $75,000
 Hong Kong Hu Yun $50,000
Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-Ying $25,000
 Spain Carolina Marin $10,000
 Denmark Carsten Mogensen $50,000
 India Akshay Dewalkar $36,000
 India Aparna Balan $12,000
 India Aditya Prakash $5,000
 India Arvind Bhat $7,500
 India J. Meghana $4,000
Delhi Smashers
Country Player Salary
 India Jwala Gutta $31,000
 Malaysia Liew Daren $20,000
 India H. S. Prannoy $16,000
 India Sai Praneeth B. $40,000
 India Arundhati Pantawane $15,000
 Malaysia Tan Boon Heong $50,000
 Malaysia Koo Kien Keat $50,000
 India V. Diju $30,000
 Thailand Nichaon Jindapon $15,000
 India Prajakta Sawant $7,000
Mumbai Masters
Country Player Salary
 Malaysia Lee Chong Wei $135,000
 Germany Marc Zwiebler $15,000
 Denmark Tine Baun $30,000
 India Pranav Chopra $36,000
 India Manu Attri $10,000
 India N. Siki Reddy $11,000
 India P. C. Thulasi $10,000
 Russia Vladimir Ivanov $15,000
 India Rasika Raje $3,000
 India B. Sumeeth Reddy $7,500
Pune Pistons
Country Player Salary
 India Ashwini Ponnappa $25,000
 Vietnam Nguyen Tien Minh $44,000
 India Saurabh Verma $20,000
 India Anup Sridhar $6,000
 Germany Juliane Schenk $90,000
 Denmark Joachiam Fischer Nielsen $35,000
 India Sanave Thomas $5,000
 India Arun Vishnu $26,000
 Malaysia Tan Wee Kiong $15,000
 India Rupesh K $5,000
Awadhe Warriors
Country Player Salary
 India P. V. Sindhu $80,000
 Malaysia Chong Wei Feng $25,000
 India Gurusai Dutt $40,000
 India Srikanth Kidambi $34,000
 Thailand Sapsiree Taerattanachai $15,000
 India Ruthvika Shivani $3000
 Indonesia Markis Kido $15,500
 Denmark Mathias Boe $50,000
 India K. Maneesha $26,000
 India Nanda Gopal $10,000

2016 Players List[edit]

Delhi Acers Hyderabad Hunters Mumbai Rockets Awadhe Warriors Bengaluru Topguns Chennai Smashers
India Ajay Jayaram India Siril Verma India Prannoy Kumar India B. Sai Praneeth India Anand Pawar France Brice Leverdez
England Rajiv Ouseph India Parupalli Kashyap India R.M.V. Gurusaisdutt India Sourabh Verma India Sameer Verma Indonesia Sony Dwi Kuncoro
Indonesia Tommy Sugiarto Malaysia Lee Chong Wei India Ruthwika Gadde Thailand S. Tanongsak India K. Srikanth Indonesia Simon Santoso
India P. C. Thulasi Thailand Supanida Katethong China Han Li India Saina Nehwal China Suo Di India P.V. Sindhu
India Shikha Gautam India K. Nandagopal China Liu Zi Die India G. Vrushali India B. Sumeeth Reddy India Sri Krishna Priya
India Akshay Dewalkar India R. Satwik Sai Raj India Manu Attri China Cai Yun Malaysia Tan Boon Heong India Pranav Chopra
Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Indonesia Markis Kido Thailand Chayut Triyachart Indonesia Hendra Gunawan Malaysia Koo Kien Keat England Chris Adcock
Malaysia Tan Boon Heong Denmark Carsten Mogensen Russia Vladimir Ivanov Thailand Bodin Isara Denmark Joachim Fischer Nielsen Canada Toby Ng
India Aparna Balan India Jwala Gutta Denmark Mathias Boe India K. Maneesha Scotland Robert Blair India N. Sikki Reddy
England Gabrielle Adcock India J. Meghana Denmark Kamilla Rytter Juhl Denmark Christinna Pedersen India Ashwini Ponnappa Indonesia Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth

Franchises[edit]

There were six franchises with each team having 10 players including five foreign players. They are:[8]

Premier Badminton League is located in India
Awadhe Warriors
Awadhe Warriors
Mumbai Rockets
Mumbai Rockets
Bengaluru Topguns
Bengaluru Topguns
Delhi Acers
Delhi Acers
Chennai Smashers
Chennai Smashers
Hyderabad Hunters
Hyderabad Hunters
Locations of IBL teams
Team name City Owner(s) Highest Paid (Male) Highest Paid (Female) Home ground
Current Teams
Hyderabad Hunters Hyderabad Agile Security Force Malaysia Lee Chong Wei India Jwala Gutta Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad
Bengaluru Topguns Bangalore BrandPrix Consulting India Srikanth Kidambi India Ashwini Ponnappa Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, Bangalore
Awadhe Warriors Lucknow Sahara India Pariwar Thailand S. Tanongsak India Saina Nehwal Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium, Lucknow
Mumbai Rockets Mumbai Devyani Leisures India Prannoy Kumar Denmark Kamilla Rytter Juhl Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium, Mumbai
Delhi Acers New Delhi Infinite Computer Solutions Indonesia Tommy Sugiarto England Gabrielle Adcock DDA Badminton & Squash Stadium, New Delhi
Chennai Smashers Chennai Vijaya Prabhakaran England Chris Adcock India P. V. Sindhu Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad
Defunct Teams
Pune Pistons Pune Dabur India Ashwini Ponnappa Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune

Broadcast rights[edit]

In 2013 STAR Sports India purchased the broadcasting rights for India.[9]

Winning bidder Regional broadcast rights Terms of deal
STAR Sports  India
Fox Sports  Hong Kong

See also[edit]

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